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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 5, 2014 9:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks 9

I realize I'm in the minority with my tepid reaction to this has almost unanimously glowing reviews here. Could be I wasn't in the right mood; I just don't hear much fire in this show (especially from Garcia) except for a few short bits. Then again, Lemieux writes that "it's filled with nuances that demand multiple listens;" perhaps they're more subtle than I prefer.

He also wrote a rather strange comment in the liner notes that the overall purpose of Dave's Picks is "to put out good music that sounds good. All of the other factors that might have gone into selection previously are of less importance now, because what we're trying to do is create a collection of full concerts that can become the building blocks of your listening life."
Which sounds like another way of saying, yes, he's going to pick the most popular, well-known shows.
I really miss the Dick's Picks compilations that put together the highlights of 2-3 shows... Though I know I'm definitely in the minority there.

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Poster: kochman Date: Feb 5, 2014 10:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks 9

Since this is the hot topic, I'm going to make tomorrow the day I review it, as long as I can DL it tonight of course.
I have the SBD, but I'll get the official release.

Without pre-condemning myself to liking or disliking it, I will give my honest opinion!

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Poster: Date: Feb 6, 2014 6:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks 9

Daves message is clear. There are no superior sounding top shows to release. Daves picks focuses on releasing TOP sounding shows whether or not the show is highly regarded. But the shows overall that Dave has released reflect this. All are second tier shows from the eras they represent. I mean historic shows like DiP 4 8 15 RT 2.2 3.3 are already released. There are many he can not release.

Much too harsh on Dave.